On Hallowed Ground: The Story of Arlington National Cemetery

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Bloomsbury Publishing USA, Nov 8, 2010 - History - 368 pages
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Created at the end of the Civil War, Arlington National Cemetery has become a part of the landscape as fixed in the national imagination as the White House or the Capitol building. The mansion at Arlington's heart, and the rolling hills on which it sits, had been the family plantation of Robert E. Lee before he joined the Confederacy; strategic to the defense of Washington, Arlington became a Union encampment, a haven for freedmen, and a pauper's cemetery for soldiers dying in the nation's bloodiest conflict.

With the passage of time, new layers of meaning were added to Arlington, which would become our nation's most honored shrine. More than three hundred thousand rest in Arlington's 624 acres, representing every war the nation ever fought. Each tombstone tells a story, from the Tomb of the Unknowns, so carefully tended today, to the eternal flame at John F. Kennedy's grave to the final resting places of ordinary citizen-warriors sleeping among Arlington's rolling green hills. Their stories, and the cemetery's time-honored rituals-the horse-drawn caissons, the rifle salutes, the sounding of Taps-still speak to us all.

 

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User Review  - davidveal - LibraryThing

This fascinating book is a rich weaving of many, many stories of this most sacred plot of land in America. "This Hallowed Ground" was a brilliant idea, faithfully executed. There's scarcely a page ... Read full review

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Very informative about the creation of Arlington National Cemetery Read full review

Contents

Prologue
1
Leaving Arlington
9
Occupation
22
Vast Army of the Wounded
37
First Burials
58
A Question of Ownership
76
A Splendid Little War
105
We Are All in ItAll the Way
176
The Nastiest Little War
194
the nations cemetery
226
War Comes to Arlington
251
Benediction
273
Arlington Chronology
279
Regulations for Burial
289
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Robert M. Poole is an editor and writer whose assignments for Smithsonian and National Geographic have taken him around the world. He is the author of Explorers House:National Georgraphic and the World It Made, and is a contributing editor at Smithsonian. Poole has been published in the New York Times, Washington Post, and Preservation.

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